Tuesday, 23 July 2013

26 Weeks


That's right - 26 weeks (and 3 days) pregnant, which means I'm now officially in the third trimester! The baby is about 38cm long. So there's not long to go now and I've started to stock up on essential baby kit in earnest. It's basically an excuse to do A LOT of online shopping, so there's no complaints from me :)

The sickness is under control with minimal medication but my SPD has got a lot worse over the last week and it's been getting me down a bit. I had really looked forward to pregnancy and imagined myself being serene and calm, wafting about the place in something floaty and ethereal, probably from Monsoon. But the reality is very different and mainly consists of regular, undignified physio, wearing a belt around my hips which is basically a very tight band of thick elastic and wincing with pain any time I move. The baby doesn't like the belt, it pummels it mercilessly and squirms against it. To be fair, the poor thing is probably being squeezed! 

On the subject of baby movement, there's plenty of it and it's NOTHING like how I imagined. I expected little kicks and flutters and that's what I got at first but now the baby's bigger it can really pack a punch. It's surprising how violent it feels! Perhaps it's trying to escape?? I read somewhere that it should be awake for around 6 hours per day but I think it must have jet lag - it's awake and rolling around pretty much all the time. When it changes position (usually at night when I'm laid on my side) it's really quite bizarre. You can see it all from the outside too which is really weird. I called Matt over earlier to feel it squirming and it did what felt like a forward roll under his hand, causing him to recoil with a look of horror!

I'm feeling a lot calmer overall but still have little unexpected bouts of rage. I don't see them coming and even I'm surprised at what comes out of my mouth sometimes! Plus I dissolve into tears quite easily still, I've been in bits about Wee Baby Cambridge :)

I'm eating pretty much normally now, the sudden hunger attacks of the first trimester are a distant memory and I'm managing to eat some more healthy foods, rather than the chips I seemed to crave on a daily basis. I'm not getting any exercise as I'm trying to keep my pelvis stable and I'm under strict instructions to rest but I'm not too worried about that. As soon as the baby's here and my body is back to normal I can play catch up as my physio is opening a new gym later this year, purely focussing on exercise to manage existing conditions, which will be perfect timing for me

I'm still doing my natal hypnotherapy, although I don't know how much use it is as I fall asleep every time I listen to it - the woman's voice is so soothing!

It's strange to think that we won't see the baby again until it's born as we've had both our NHS scans, as well as the private Downs Syndrome screening at 13 weeks. I'd been planning to have another private scan at around 30 weeks but I'm not so sure I want to now - they tend to be 4D scans and they freak me out a little bit! You can also get a DVD of your baby moving around inside which I would love - I'd really like to know which bit of the baby is prodding me all the time!

Despite having so much to moan about, I must say I'm loving my bump! I've been forced to wear slightly more feminine clothes than I would usually wear (I used to live in boyfriend jeans and hoodies) to accommodate my expanding tum - dresses are just way more comfortable at the minute and comfort is everything. I invested in a pair of Mama Spanx fairly early on so I don't look too lumpy and bumpy in my favourite fitted Isabella Oliver dresses - I find it's best to go for ruched, fitted clothes that accentuate the bump rather than trying to hide it. Apart from when I'm at home, then I'm happy to wear huge baggy T shirt dresses as I don't have to worry about just looking porky! Although I lost weight in the first few months due to the sickness, I've put on 6.9kg in total (just over a stone) and it's not all bump I'm afraid - although I'm told my bump is 'very neat' I know I've put on weight all over - my thighs are enormous (even my maternity jeans have become snug) and not being able to exercise is not helping. But if growing a baby isn't a good excuse I don't know what is!

I have eight weeks until my maternity leave starts and I'm already counting down the days! Speaking of which, I'm off to cross off 23rd July right now ...


15 comments:

  1. Oh Rachael I'm so excited for you! Please keep updating us with how everything goes, it really is so exciting!

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  2. My word Rachael, this is all coming around so quickly! I'm so excited for you :) I can't even imagine what it must be like to have a little person wriggling around inside of you.

    Amy x
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    1. I know, it's scary how the weeks are flying by now! xx

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  3. I love these little updates :) It's all so exciting but I bet you can't wait until the little ones out and you can see him/her in person.

    Gemma x
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  4. Not long to go! I'm very excited for you, I hope you're ready to be as radiant and flawless as Kate Middleton immediately after birth x

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    1. Of course, I have my hairdresser already booked xx

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  5. i am so excited for you...not long now although i know it probably feels ages to you :)

    and my maternity jeans got tight, i like to think it was my hips widening for the birth, no fat at all ;)

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    1. My thighs must be widening in preparation too! xx

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  6. SO excited for you, I bet you can't wait! I do enjoy the bump updates :) xo

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    1. I'm so pleased you enjoy them! We've a couple more to go yet :) xx

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  7. So excited for you. I love this post, and your bump - how lovely!? Not long to go now until all the icky bits of being a pregnant lady will fade away xx

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    1. Is it wrong that I'm looking forward to that as much as the actual baby?? xx

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  8. Oh Rachel, I thought I'd be like that during pregnancy too, oh how the reality is so different! I envy those women who love being pregnant from the very start. Your bump is lovely though:)I actually met the lady who owns Isabella Oliver the other week, she was on the sunbed next to me and we got chatting, she was so lovely. The maternity clothes are gorgeous too, you should do a post on your dresses, I'd love to see them :) xx

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